Infor, a leading provider of industry-specific cloud applications, has announced that Koninklijke Zeelandia Groep, producer of ingredients for bread and pastries, has chosen Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage for a standardization project at two of its divisions in order to save costs and increase efficiency. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) suite consists of Infor M3 as the enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, extended with an advanced planning functionality, customer life cycle management and Birst for networked analytics.
The Czech Republic and Slovakia are the first two countries where the implementation will start. It is expected that the solution will go live here in the summer of 2019 and serves as an example to encourage the transition in other countries.
Koninklijke Zeelandia Groep is an inventive Dutch family business with branches in 31 countries and over 3,200 employees. For over 100 years, the company has developed, produced and distributed bread and pastry ingredients. The range consists of over 2,500 items, which are delivered in over 100 countries.
Last year Zeelandia began an ERP selection for some of its companies. Due to the decentralized organization structure, increased complexity in the processes and IT infrastructure and a large number of custom-made solutions, the need arose for a more standardized approach. Zeelandia was looking for a partner with standardized solutions and found a good match in Infor.
Infor beat Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and IFS to the deal. The extensive food and beverage functionalities – such as for planning & scheduling, inventory management and traceability; the breadth of the global solution, Infor’s knowledge about and experience with the cloud and its innovative view on digital transformation with a view to future developments played an important role in Zeelandia’s choice.
Because Zeelandia is decentralized, all the countries are responsible for their own choice of software solutions. By concluding a group contract with Infor and establishing a modern, scalable platform, the company wants to make it easier for other Zeelandia branches to join and to support growth. In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Infor M3 replaces the ERP solution Epicor iScala.
‘We’ve found an innovative software partner in Infor. This allows us to focus on achieving company value rather than focusing on the IT for our ERP solution, and we’re building a platform which allows us to be ready for future developments,” explains Örjan Leuvenink, Corporate Director ICT & Information at Koninklijke Zeelandia Groep. “Infor’s industry-specific solutions are perfectly in line with our goals. We explored and quantified them together with Infor, allowing us to obtain a clear business case, which helps us with our future expansion plans. We made a conscious decision to move to the cloud in order to increase flexibility, make it easier to extend this solution to other Zeelandia companies that want to do so and reduce the traditional IT management tasks. Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage helps us to comply with the complex laws and regulations, and offers excellent traceability. If required, in just a few clicks we can see where a certain ingredient is processed, and if necessary, we can quickly take action. We’re also very positive about Infor’s commitment, the time they have invested and their knowledge. We’re very satisfied with how the project has started out.’
“Suppliers such as Zeelandia recognize the advantages of standardized processes, an implementation accelerator and industry-specific solutions that can facilitate a future-proof platform for flexibility and growth,” explains Kees van den Houten, Regional Director Benelux at Infor. “Our solution will be delivered in cooperation with Amazon Web Services (AWS) via a monthly subscription, and it offers the most cost-effective and proven cloud services on the market. We’re delighted that we can help such a great family company with Dutch roots to increase their success.”